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Inquest adjourned indefinitely

Published: 1:36PM Wednesday December 13, 2006 Source: Newstalk ZB

The coroners hearing in Christchurch into the death of a scientist in Antarctica six years ago has been adjourned indefinitely.

The inquest reconvened on Wednesday morning looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of Australian-born astrophysicist Rodney Marks in May 2000.

The 32-year-old was working at the South Pole station when he died of acute methanol intoxication.

It was earlier revealed he was binge drinker who self-medicated for a mild form of tourettes syndrome.

The inquest had heard testimony from police who have been investigating the matter and a doctor who worked in Antarctica for a number of years.

Much of his evidence was suppressed but police told the court they do not believe the man knowingly ingested the methanol.